Anne, Bridget or Siobhan

(102 Posts)
fatfingers Fri 31-Jan-14 12:01:04

Baby is due in just over a week and we still can't agree on a girl's name! Our shortlist consists of the above 3 names and I don't think we can really have Siobhan because dh and I pronounce it differently so the child would be confused!

Bridget might be a bit too Irish because we have an Irish 'O' surname.

Anne is nice and simple but still doesn't sound quite right to me having first name and a surname starting with a vowel. Probably the strongest contender though.

What do you think?

Vijac Fri 31-Jan-14 21:52:22

I like Anne best, but love Anna and Annie.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 20:53:42

I worked with an Iseult who pronounced it Ih-salt. Totally ruined it for me alas.

I like almost all of squoosh's suggestions, OP.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 20:52:42

I worked with an Iseult who pronounced it Ih-salt. Totally ruined it for me alas.

I like almost all of squoosh's suggestions, OP.

buttercrumble Fri 31-Jan-14 20:45:36

How about Annie smile

AHardDaysWrite Fri 31-Jan-14 20:43:26

Iona?

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:42:05

Iseult Gonne? <sob>

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:41:10

Yeah I think you're right, different accents produce slightly different sounds.

I've only ever known one, and she was a very cool Iseult. The history of the name is just swoon-some as well.

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:38:34

Think that's what I was aiming for with Iz-sult. Could be a Caoimhe/Keeva thing, different pronunciations for different regions.

Love, love, love the name. Have never met a real-life Iseult so I'm hoping it stays relatively unusual.

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:36:24

Interesting, I pronounce it as iss-sult.

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:36:22

FADA not dada. Fucking iPad argh

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:35:40

Ee-sult

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:35:20

Siobhan and Bridget are quite dated (Peig chic as opposed to granny chic)

My top 2 names - Roise and Beibhinn (bevan)

I also love Dara (for a girl)

Apology for lack of dada. My American iPad doesn't do em!

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:34:26

Squoosh as a matter of interest, how would you pronounce Iseult?
I would go with Ee-zult but have also heard Ee-sult or Iz-sult.

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:33:10

Grainne also v close to grainneog (hedgehog)

GinUtero Fri 31-Jan-14 20:28:22

My name is Anna and I'm really glad my parents gave me that name. Yes, it's only one letter different from Anne, but IMO Anne sounds plainer.

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:21:41

The Bookshop on the Quay was my favourite.

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 20:15:37

Loved Patricia Lynch - especially Sally from Cork.

Both she and her husband RM Fox were very cool people.

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 20:06:06

Glad I wasn't the only one! I used brogeen as a nickname on our local message board (just outside NYC) in honour of her but everyone shortened it to 'bro' which was not cool! Already planning to pick up old copies off abebooks and read with the kids when they're old enough...

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:03:45

Oh I loved Patricia Lynch! Blast from the past.

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 20:03:27

Though thinking about it I prefer Siomha (fada on the i).

Sorry OP - newly pregnant and daydreaming about names! If your dh is tricky about Anwen just remind him who's about to give birth!!

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:03:01

Sibéal (sh-bale)
Laoise (lee-sha)
Siún (shoon)
Eimear (ee-mur)
Sorcha (surrika)
Caoileann (kee-lin)
Eavan (ee-vun)
Líadhan (lee-uh-dun)

I love Iseult as suggested above though.

FlipFantasia Fri 31-Jan-14 19:54:00

See the changeling/bean si connection/connotations of Siofra don't bother me at all. In fact, I love all the piseog stuff my granny used to come out with and all the fairy folk stories I grew up with (anyone else read any Patricia lynch as a child?). It would connect my (hypothetical) daughter to a great part of her maternal culture!

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 19:46:12

Síofra means changeling. Can't imagine why anyone would want to name their child it.

What about:
Muireann
Doireann (Dirr-in)
Sorcha
Clíona
Iseult
Aoibhinn (Ave-een)
Laoise (Lee-sha)
Eimear
Fiona
Nessa

LemongrassGinger Fri 31-Jan-14 19:43:11

oh yes, Eithne is a great suggestion ! (Enya)

That is very pretty.

I know what you mean by horribly unphonetic. Giving your child a name that can be read phonetically by at most 3 million people is a decision to pause over imo.

LemongrassGinger Fri 31-Jan-14 19:36:37

Wow, has to be Anne. I prefer Annie or Anna, but I like Aine and the pronounciation is similar to Anya.

Siobhán is ok but I know way too many my own age to get excited about it. As a pp says, sinead has survived the ravages of the decades passing much better. Can imagine a baby Sinead but a baby Siobhan is a stretch. Or Mairead. Mairead is lovely.

Bridget is not my cup of tea. It's ok in itself but the risk of being called Biddy is just too real and too cruel.

Orla and Maeve are lovely simple Irish names. IMO

Siofra ok but did you know that the sheee part of Siofra has the same mean as bean si (banshee)

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